Is London’s Luxury Ground-Zero Under Threat?

Inside Céline’s new Mount Street store | Source: Céline

London’s Mayfair continues to attract large numbers of high-net-worth individuals from around the world and the luxury brands that court them. But there are concerns in some quarters that the area’s high-end hipness is threatening the very characteristics that made it desirable in the first place.

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Mature markets, AlleyCorp’s grab bag, Warming to wool, Role model Rocha, Frock star

Mature markets (FT) “‘Attitudes seem to be slowly changing, as blogs such as Advanced Style, The Women’s Room, and That’s Not My Age have highlighted the fact that growing older does not mean women lose interest in fashion and style,’ says British trend forecaster Jane Kellock, founder of The Women’s Room.” Expanding Her Efforts to Be a Role Model (NY Times) “More than just a pretty face, Ms. Rocha is

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Friday Column | Barbie to the Rescue!

LONDON, United Kingdom — I was surprised to see that a number of big-name sponsors have signed on recently to support the upcoming round of fashion shows. In London, Henry Holland’s show will be sponsored by Sebastian, makers of hair care products. And Barbie is making an appearance in both New York and London — thanks to the fact that it is her 50th birthday. Mattel, makers of Barbie, have signed a three-year partnership

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